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10. Classical Liberalism and the Welfare-Warfare State

History the Struggle for Liberty 2003

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09/03/2004Ralph Raico

Germany surrendered conditionally in 1919 under the Treaty of Versailles. Everybody opposed the treaty, but it was forcibly implemented. Revisionism is necessary to combat state propaganda, e.g. the lie in WWII that FDR was surprised by Pearl Harbor.

The welfare state was actually begun by Bismarck in the 1880s. The welfare state that now exists will simply keep expanding in its agenda of rooting out older values and substituting others. As the crisis of the welfare state is approached, only newcomers from the third world can become taxpayers for retired elders. Identities of European peoples will be extinguished.

Constitutions and Bills of Rights will not be the protectors of our liberties. The liberals in classical liberalism had no answers because they still held to the power of the state. The centralized state must be broken down by means such as secession even to the level of the individual.

History shows the struggle for liberty. He who controls the present controls the interpretation of the past.

Lecture 10 of 10 from Ralph Raico's History: The Struggle for Liberty.


Ralph Raico

Ralph Raico (1936–2016) was professor emeritus in European history at Buffalo State College and a senior fellow of the Mises Institute. He was a specialist on the history of liberty, the liberal tradition in Europe, and the relationship between war and the rise of the state. He is the author of The Place of Religion in the Liberal Philosophy of Constant, Tocqueville, and Lord Acton.

A bibliography of Ralph Raico's work, compiled by Tyler Kubik, is found here.